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Putting Veterans First

Being a veteran myself, I understand what it takes to readjust back to civilian life. Questions like: What benefits did I earn? Where do I go to retrieve this information? How to I gain access to this information? 

 

To begin with let me thank all the veterans for your service. You should all be proud to have helped secure our precious freedoms for our great country. Freedom is not free but attained through the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifices of you veterans. Regardless of what branch of service we were involved with and whether we volunteered or not, we gave up part of our lives to help the oppressed people of this world and also protect our American freedoms. 

 

To ease your transition, I suggest you make copies of your discharge — or “DD214” — and then register it with your county of residence. If it is incomplete or to correct any errors or omissions you will have to complete a 180 form. 

 

Some of your benefits include medical, which the VFW Post provides free transportation to and from the VA hospital in Northport, and education which is covered under the GI Bill.

 

Earlier this year, on June 20, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that provides up to three years of service credit to members of the public retirement systems of the state for military service rendered during time of peace. Currently, the Military Service Credit buy-back is for those who served during conflicts. 

 

Now that we depend on volunteer Military personnel, to try and encourage citizens to become members of the military, the state needs to recognize all veterans by allowing them to access the Military Service Credit Law. Senate Bill S7839 is still awaiting Gov. Cuomo’s signature. 

 

I also encourage any veterans to join an organization where you can speak to a trained Service Officer or the Commander so they can guide you in the right direction to achieve the results you are looking to attain. 

 

If you have earned a campaign ribbon you have earned the right to join the Veterans of Foreign Wars — the oldest veterans organization in the country — which has many posts county councils and districts all across the nation. Each state has its own Department of Veteran Affairs and a national office as well. Remember the more members we have, the more congress listens to our needs. Most of our meetings are held at night to accommodate those who work or go to school. 

 

If you are interest in joining the VFW Post in your area or are requesting a 180 form, contact Commander Fullam at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 516-694-5539 and leave your name, number and address. 

 

Bob Fullam currently serves as Commander of the VFW Post #516 in Farmingdale, where he has served for past six years. During his time with the VFW, Fullam served as District Commander (Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn) Nassau County Commander and achieved his Master’s Degree through the GI Bill. 

News

Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com